Okay, so this is interesting. From The Source’s solicit information for the final two issues of Flashpoint:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of its impact on the DC Universe, FLASHPOINT #5 is the only title that DC Comics is currently soliciting to arrive in stores on August 31.
First thought: Well, that’s one way to get around those five-week months. Second, less snarky thought: What, exactly, does the final issue of Flashpoint do that means it deserves to be the only DC book in an entire week (presuming that solicit isn’t poorly written and actually just means “DC Universe title”)? We’ve been promised massive impact from the event before, and just yesterday, Vaneta’s interview with Geoff Johns on the main site had this exchange:
Nrama: So much has changed in the Flashpoint universe, and most people think there’s no way this will stick. But I saw a comment online that said, “People saying it won’t matter because it’s just an Elseworlds tale clearly do not know Geoff Johns very well.” Would you agree with that statement?
Or DC. I’ve said this before, but the first rule about Flashpoint is, don’t talk about what comes after Flashpoint.
Nrama: They’re certainly sticking to the rule, because I can’t get any DC creators to tell me what they’re writing or drawing in September.
So… clearly, the DCU we know won’t be entirely restored as a result of the event, but have we seen anything in Flashpoint‘s first issue to suggest what the post-Flashpoint DCU is going to look like? Because of Morrison’s ongoing Batman plans, I think we can cross off the alt-Batman replacing the one we know and love, and I’m guessing that Brightest Day wouldn’t spend a year rebuilding Aquaman just swap him with his Flashpoint version, but is everyone else up for grabs? Personally, I wouldn’t be too opposed to seeing S!H!A!Z!A!M! crossover into regular continuity, based on their first appearance, I admit…